June 17, 2021 7 min read
The bleak and unprecedented series of events that consumed have 2020 have, naturally, hit the high-street hard, especially independent shops in local areas. Since Christmas, we've tried to shop small as often as possible and even purchased something from an indie business every single day during the month of May.
Now that the shops have reopened, Father's Day is a fantastic opportunity to get out and support your local shops. We know that shopping locally can be very daunting, so we've decided to create a shortlist of our favourite shops and gift ideas for Father's Day 2021.
Nord Bottle Shop in Whitley Bay is dedicated to stocking high-quality beer that is made by independent breweries across the UK. Nord is unique in its innovative refrigeration system that ensures that the beers and ales are always kept cold in order to preserve their intense flavour. Nord opens Thursday-Saturday but also has an amazing website with free local delivery for orders over £40 and free national delivery for orders over £85.
Our top gift suggestion from Nord has to be the Nord Subscription Box which runs monthly at a cost of £36.95. The box functions to showcase Nord’s best monthly selections of beers, ales, and stouts every month. Even better still there is absolutely zero commitment- when you stop sending the money, they stop sending the beers, absolutely no strings attached.
In the last few weeks Nord has started stocking a range of winewhich is a great alternative for the Dads who don't like beer and ale. Nord stocks bottles of red, white and rosé which range between £14-£21.
With a store located in the idyllic countryside of Corbridge, RE is one of our favourite sustainable homeware shops. The brand was launched in 2003 by Jenny Vaughan and Simon Young with a pledge to offer the highest quality REcycled, REstored, and REmarkable furniture and homeware. RE was the 2011 winner of Homes and Gardens Retailer of the year which is solely down to their innovation, creativity, and dedication.
The thing RE is renowned for are their extensive selection of rusty letters and numbers. We absolutely love decorating our garden with rusty letters because it makes the space so much more personal. We always think of our garden as an extended room, so we love to decorate it with fun touches from RE.
We also love the hand-painted tin cans which are recycled from Peru and come in a range of unique and bold designs. The cans come in two sizes: Large (H12cm) and Small (H10cm) and prices start from £17. The cans would make an excellent vase or even a holder for cutlery and stationery.
House of Botanics is a gorgeous florist and house plant shop that is located in the STACK in Newcastle City Centre. The shop and website both stock a wide range of aesthetic floral arrangements and unusual house plants as well as homeware, vases, and candles. This is the perfect local site for some really stunning houseplants which could make for an ideal out-of-the-box gift.
A perfect gift from House of Botanics would be their plant subscription boxes which are delivered every 1-3 months depending on how often you want to add to update your houseplant collection. There are four different boxes each ranging between £29.99 and £12 per subscription box. We love this idea and think it’s a great way to keep steadily building up your houseplant selection- we’ve even given a short breakdown of all of the different boxes, so you don’t have to.
Of course, we couldn’t make a North East Gift Guide without a shameless plug! For the Love of the North began in 2017 with an online store and has since expanded to many locations across the North East, eventually settling in Spanish City. We named our brand For the Love of the North as everything we do is in admiration and love of the North. We knew that the North East was home to some of the most creative people we’d ever encountered, so we decided to dedicate our lives to showcasing their work and now even some of our own original pieces.
It’s hard to choose between all of our amazing products from such a plethora of talented creatives, but we’ve decided to include some of our exclusive items that really represent what our brand is all about.
We love our collection of exclusive Hyem coasters as they're such a fun take on one of the most popular Geordie phrases. The coasters can be bought in a set of four for just £14 and come in a selection of colours: green, light blue, blue, and pink. We love that the coasters say Hyem on them because they're a fab reminder that Hyem is where the heart is!
Next, we have our organic tote bags which come branded in two different slogans in purple and pink and are a plastic-alternative to carry your shopping- or even just to be worn as an everyday bag. The totes are £12 each and are manufactured with organic cotton and vegan ink to ensure that they the most sustainable they can be. These totes are a great gift for anyone looking to transition to a more sustainable lifestyle and they boast some of our favourite slogans.
We have plenty of other exciting gift ideas that we’d love to talk about but we’re saving them for our exclusive For the Love of the North Gift Guide- so, if you like what you see, click here.
Since 1984, Mark Robertson has been making high-quality farmhouse cheeses in Northumberland. Mark’s cheese business originated in Rede Valley where he created unique and flavoursome cheese from ewe milk. Now, Mark and his team reside on Blagdon Estate, South Northumberland where they have a tearoom and, of course, a cheese shop. Northumberland Cheese Company combine the traditional process of cheese making with modern concepts and techniques to make the best artisan cheese in the area- they even make cheese wedding cakes!
A cheesy gift would be the perfect present for Father's Day. Northumberland Cheese Company have even launched an exclusive Father's Day gift box for just £36.
In this extra special cheese board, you will receive:
To continue with the food-related theme, next on our list is Fat Lass Preserves. Fat Lass Preserves is a brand dedicated to providing fresh flavours and guilt-free food enjoyment. Ran by the talented Bridget, Fat Lass Preserves aims to reclaim the word fat and strip away diet culture and strict eating from the pleasure of food. Not only does Bridget produce the most delicious jams, marmalades, and preserves but she is also extremely ethically conscious in her production. Fat Lass Preserves has an ethical policy in which all of the jars for the preserves have been recycled from England.
There are a vast range of jams and other preserves that will be sure to tantalise those tastebuds but really, we couldn’t suggest anything other than Fat Lass Preserves’ award-winning cocktail marmalades. These marmalades the perfect gift for Dad's wanting to spice up their morning toast!
If your Dad isn't a fan of jams, don't worry, Fat Lass Preserves also has a wide range of chutneys and even cheese! Our favourite chutney available is, of course, the Newkie Broon Ale and Apple chutney. The chutney is deep in colour and has the same rich flavour as a refreshing bottle of Brown Ale. You can even get your chutney gift wrapped with local newspaper and ribbon- sorted!
Durham Soap Company is situated in rural County Durham and manufactures soaps, lip balms, and shave bars that are produced without colourants and preservatives. Their products are sustainable and are free of palm oil as well as being completely cruelty-free. Alongside this, they have biodegradable and recyclable packaging which makes them the perfect company for any environmentally conscious Dads.
Durham Soap Company’s shaving bar is an excellent and all-natural choice for Father's Day 2021. Out of the two scents, our particular favourite is the Wild Wood bar which is enriched with shea butter, cocoa butter, and castor oil and fragranced with cedarwood, fir needle, clove, and petitgrain. The bar costs £8 but it much more long-lasting than shop-bought foams and bars. This product does contain nut oil.
Another unique handmade gift is Durham Soap Company’s lip balm which comes in a variety of flavours and scents that are all made with entirely natural products. All of the lip balms are made with an almond oil and beeswax base then layered with different things to personalise the scent. We adore the cocoa and peppermint flavourwhich is made with cocoa butter, vitamin E and a touch of Durham honey. Be warned that this product contains nut oil.
All of these wonderful brands are born and bred in the North East and each of them holds a very special place in our hearts. The businesses included in this Gift Guide rely on the lovely clientele of the North East and UK to keep their heads afloat. Shopping small this Father's Day makes a huge impact on small businesses like us and those included in the Gift Guide, so, if you can, do your shopping locally this June.
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